Olivia Munn made 145 dreams come true with her Golden Buzzer as a guest judge on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent.
The 38-year-old actress, who also got to assist in a magic act, said that being on the judge’s table was her own dream come true.
‘This is literally the only show that I watch religiously,’ she revealed.
Guest judge: Olivia Munn served as a guest judge on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent
Even before the acts came out she tested out the special buzzer that allowed her to send an act straight through to the live rounds, saying: ‘The fact that I get the Golden Buzzer today is so so exciting. I’m so ready!’
The X-Men star then made the most of the opportunity and played up the moment to make it an extra surprise.
Olivia did it in a way that sent the most people through as she picked the Angel City Chorale with its 145 performers.
Olivia initially joined the other judges in praising the inspiring L.A. choir, before pretending to think there was something wrong with her microphone.
Golden buzzer: The 38-year-old actress hit her Golden Buzzer for the Angel City Chorale
Good one: Olivia pretended that her microphone wasn’t working and asked if anyone could hear her
Big group: The 145-member choir group impressed the judges yet again
She was mimicking chorale founder and leader Ruth Fink who had a little trouble with her microphone at the start of the group’s performance.
‘Can you guys hear me OK? Are you sure?’ Olivia asked, before adding ‘can you hear this?’ as she proudly slammed on the Golden Buzzer.
The choir members initially looked confused, and it seemed to take a second of gold-colored confetti falling down on them to realize they were the act automatically being sent through on a Judge Cuts night where only seven out of 18 acts advanced.
The moment: The judges stood after Olivia sent the choir group straight to the live shows
Confetti time: Confetti fell from above in celebration of the Golden Buzzer
After Olivia ran up for hugs, the choir left the stage, and when host Tyra Banks asked choir conductor Sue about her emotions, she admitted: ‘Complete disbelief.’
Olivia looked moved during the huge choir’s performance, and told them after: ‘Looking around and seeing the diversity, seeing different races and different ages, and yet you guys are all singing from the same voice. It is so inspirational to see all of you guys.’
In fact, that was one of the choir’s main points of pride, with Sue telling the judges before the performance: ‘We try to represent diversity. Different religions, different ages, black, white, rich, poor, gay, straight… even Republicans and Democrats can sit together in our group.’
Choir conductor: The chorale’s founder and conductor Ruth Fink was in ‘complete disbelief’
Loved it: Olivia loved the diversity of the Los Angeles-based choir group
If Simon Cowell, 58, had had his way, Olivia would not have been the only guest judge of the night — with Simon trying to get his young son Eric, four, in on the act, too.
Simon teased the youngster that five-year-old singer Sophie Fatu was his girlfriend, telling Eric: ‘Oh yeah. You’re actually going to help me judge this one, I’ve decided.’
Sophie seemed to like the idea, saying that Eric ‘just makes my heart melt,’ and then Simon told her after her performance: ‘By the way, somebody has a bit of a crush on you — my son Eric.’
Young son: Simon Cowell wanted to get his four-year-old son Eric some judging experience
Kid crush: Sophie Fatu, five, admitted that Eric makes her ‘heart melt’
Even as Eric shook his head emphatically for a no, Simon put it off as him being ‘shy’ and ‘flirting’ — but he admitted at the end after Eric ran off: ‘He was so embarrassed. If it had been the other way round I would have killed the adult me for doing that.’
Surprisingly, Sophie — the youngest ever contestant on the show — failed to make it through despite high praise from all the judges for her performance of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.
Sophie earlier insisted she had no interest in the $1 million prize money, saying: ‘I just want to sing for everyone and make them happy.’
Father and son: Simon told Eric that he was going to help him judge
Young love: Eric later got shy as Simon teased him about having a crush on Sophie
Youngest contestant: Sophie failed to advance despite her rendition of Frank Sinatra’s classic song New York, New York
Simon soon got a taste of his own medicine when he became the subject of unwanted flirting by Hans, the flamboyant self-styled ‘International superstar, sex symbol, accordionist, home-wrecker, Madonna fan’ who made it as one of the six remaining judges’ picks to go through.
‘With my first performance, I was expecting cheers, I was expecting adoration, what I was not expecting was to find love,’ Hans said of his flirting with Simon, calling them one of the ‘great couples’ of the world like ‘Trump and Melania.’
When he came out onstage, he told Simon ‘I’ve missed you, darling,’ before adding: ‘I am just a little German boy standing in front of a music mogul asking him to love me. You’d better prepare yourself Simon, you are going to see something you’ve never seen before.’
International superstar: Hans outrageously flirted with Simon during his time on the stage
His performance saw him dancing to Raining Men — before stripping off his pants to reveal stockings and some tight shorts.
‘The truth is, there’s something kind of compelling about you,’ Simon admitted — just for Hans to turn around and show his behind, saying: ‘I think it might be this .’
‘I’m not sure what I was watching, but I loved it!’ Olivia told him, with Hans smiling: ‘She is speechless. Darling, I understand.’
Fan favorite: The German entertainer again gained the support of the audience
Good times: Mel B and Olivia enjoyed the performance by Hans
Hans was not the only comedy act to get through, with stand-up comic Vicki Barbolak bursting into tears when she was chosen.
She was already in tears as she stood before the judges waiting for their decision, with Howie Mandel, 62, tricking her into thinking she was out.
”We believe that you’ve dealt with rejection in the past, and going forward there’s still going to be more rejection, there’s always rejection,’ he told her, before smiling: ‘But there isn’t any tonight.’
Comedy star: Vicki Barbolak performed a stand-up routine that cracked up the judges
Fake rejection: Howie Mandel talked about rejection before announcing that Vicki advanced
After bursting out laughing and then into tears, Vicki cried, ‘Thank you! Thank you so much!’
Her act once again won high praise from the judges, with Heidi Klum, 45, telling her: ‘You are my favorite comedian this year. I love you, I really do, you make me laugh.’
‘Because we look so much alike there could be a rivalry so I appreciate it,’ Vicki joked.
Favorite comedian: Vicki cracked another joke after Heidi Klum said she was her favorite comic
However, Howie stopped her from putting herself down, insisting: ‘I think you are beautiful. I think there’s nothing more attractive than a beautiful woman with a sense of humor who is real. You are beautiful, young lady.’
Simon also said: ‘You are naturally funny, and I think you’re what this show needs. So we need each other right now.’
Perhaps the biggest surprise at getting through came for singer Joseph O’Brien, 20, whose audition started so disastrously that Simon even stopped him from singing, saying: ‘Right, we’ve got to stop this song, I’m sorry.’
Naturally funny: Simon praised Vicki for being ‘naturally funny’
Joseph seemed resigned to failure, admitting his ‘heart was beating and I wasn’t really getting in the vibe’ of his version of REO Speedwagon’s Can’t Fight This Feeling.
But the judges gave him a second chance, with Joseph performing a song of his own — which clearly proved enough to get him through.
‘I really do like your voice… and I think what we just saw there is you’ve got the fighting spirit in there, you’re not just prepared to take it, you gave something back. I like that,’ Simon told him.
Second song: Joseph O’Brien was stopped by Simon who didn’t like his first song choice
The judges: Howie, Mel, Olivia, Heidi and Simon advanced seven of 18 acts on the show
Olivia also assured him: ‘I’m going to be pushing for you to go to the next round.’
Still, Joseph seemed resigned at losing out — falling to his knees when he was finally told he was going through.
Simon warned: ‘You’ve got a lot of work to do young man. But you know what you’re likable, you’re a fighter, and that’s why you got a shot.’
Stern warning: Simon warned Joseph that he still has a lot of work to do
Fellow singers Leah Mathies and Hunter Price were eliminated after singing original songs.
Mel B, 43, told Leah that her song choice wasn’t right.
Illusionist Rob Lake, 35, also seemed convinced he was out having seen fellow magician Shin Lim go up before the judges alongside him and get picked to go through.
Song choice: Mel criticized a pair of singers for performing original songs that fell flat
Assuming only one magician would make the six picked, Rob’s face fell — until he was told he was through, too.
‘I have been working my entire life to build my dream, build my career, to this point, so getting a ”yes” is the biggest validation I can imagine,’ he said.
He had put himself in chains onstage — just to somehow completely change places with his assistant, who was now in the chains in his place.
Master illusionist: Rob Lake performed a stunning illusion involving chains and an assistant
‘That really was quite incredible,’ Simon told him, while warning his stage craft was ‘all a bit corny.’
Olivia — who like Rob had gone to the University of Oklahoma — insisted: ‘That was truly incredible. I know you’ll go forward — I mean how could he not?’
The actress had been an assistant in Shin’s amazing card trick act, where he seemed to make cards disappear in thin air — and others appear under her hand.
Truly incredible: Olivia was impressed with Rob’s magic act
‘I still don’t know, there was one card … and then there were four,’ Olivia said, clearly stunned. ‘My hand did not move. It was amazing — truly amazing — you’re so gifted.’
Heidi also told him: ‘Honestly, out of all the magicians out there, you’re the only one that actually makes me believe the magic can be possible. It is mind-blowing what you do.’
Howie, meanwhile, told him: ‘Young man, you keep delivering like that and you are going a long way.’
Up close: Shin Lim made cards vanish and appear as Olivia looked on
The judges picked dance act Future Kingz — whose youngest member is just seven — for the other spot in the next round after their upbeat performance to 80’s songs.
‘The message that you guys bring, that it’s about having hope and having dreams, you guys are the future kings, you really are,’ Howie told them, while Simon said: ‘It’s not always about the technicality it’s about the personality, and there is a genuine chemistry, genuine friendship, I can see that. And I can tell how much you want this to change your lives.’
They seemed to steal the spot from fellow dancers Reyes Del Swing from Colombia who performed before them and had Simon telling them: ‘I think we need you in the live shows, guys.’
Dance crew: The Future Kingz advanced to the next round
Not all of the acts could be surprised at failing to get through, however.
Dog acrobatic act Shannon could only laugh when her canine partner Reckon failed to do any of his tricks, with Simon saying: ‘Look Shannon, I think it’s quite clear that Reckon doesn’t actually want to be doing this.’
‘Is this even your dog?’ Howie joked.
Dog act: Shannon could not get her canine partner Reckon to perform any tricks
Israeli mentalist: Lioz Shem Tov combined ‘magic’ with deadpan comedy
And Exisdance’s attempt to be a human hacked by a robot had such a bad reaction, Howie told him: ‘I think you bored us all.’
The judges seemed to have an even harder time with singer Hunter Price — buzzing him during his self-penned song to try to get him to stop.
‘On this show, you have the opportunity to go viral, and that song did the opposite of that, which is frustrating because I do like you,’ Simon told Hunter.
Getting frustrated: Simon got frustrated with singer Hunter Price over his song choice